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A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 23 September 1953 (USA)
A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Adria Locke Langley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Hank Martin
Barbara Hale ... Verity Wade
Anne Francis ... Flamingo McManamee
Warner Anderson ... Jules Bolduc
John McIntire ... Jeb Brown
Jeanne Cagney ... Jennie Brown
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Spurge McManamee (as Lon Chaney)
Frank McHugh ... Frank Rector
Larry Keating ... Robert L. Castleberry IV
Onslow Stevens ... Guy Polli
James Millican ... Samuel T. Beach
Mickey Simpson Mickey Simpson ... Tim Peck, Blacksmith
Sara Haden ... Lula May McManamee
Ellen Corby ... Singing Woman
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Storyline

Colorful bayou peddler Hank Martin marries pretty teacher Verity, who finds that the rural poor all love Hank. Gradually, she realizes that Hank's popularity is the fruit of his expert manipulation of everyone he knows. She's further taken aback when she meets sexy swamp girl Flamingo, who considered Hank hers and is murderously jealous. Now Hank starts crusading against a crooked cotton buyer, and swiftly rises toward political power. Is there no stopping him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Guy Polli - a rat who squirmed through every loophole in the law! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fera See more »

Filming Locations:

Everglades, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James and William Cagney paid $250,000 in 1945 ($3.5M in 2017) for the film rights to the novel upon which this film is based. See more »

Goofs

When Hank walks back into Polli's living room after standing out in the rain, he momentarily loses his footing on the tile floor, but manages to recover. It happens a second time as he is leaving. This may not qualify as a true goof, as the slips are genuine and thus could be considered "real," but it's unusual that they did not dry him off and go for another take. See more »

Quotes

Hank Martin: Well, sometimes a man just don't got time for common sense.
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Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Played when Hank and Verity are being carried to Jules' house
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Cagney is an acquired taste.
17 October 2011 | by DavidW1234See all my reviews

This isn't the worst Cagney movie, but it is a good example of the problem with his acting. He was an amazing screen presence, demanding to be watched, a wonderfully versatile performer and an incredibly successful professional, but (and I know it's almost sacrilege to say this in the company of nostalgia-hungry Americans) he brought far too much of his dancing to his straight acting. The result is so often irritating, jerky physicality producing an uncomfortable caricature rather than a believable character. Hank Martin is one of many Cagney performances that needs the melodrama turning down a notch or two. This isn't the worst culprit; for that see "What Price Glory", "Blood on the Sun" or "The Fighting 69th".


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